Eric Simonson directed The Dream of Valentino, Wuthering Heights, Rusalka and The Handmaid’s Tale for Minnesota Opera; as well as its world premieres of Silent Night, The Grapes of Wrath, Bok Choy Variations, and The Shining. Other credits include Rusalka at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Colorado and Boston Lyric; numerous plays at Steppenwolf Theatre; and productions at The Huntington Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Primary Stages in New York, Court Theatre in Chicago, L.A. Theatre Works, The Kennedy Center, City Theater in Pittsburgh, Seattle Rep and San Jose Rep. His production of The Song of Jacob Zulu played on Broadway and received six Tony Awards including Best Director. His film directing credits include A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (Academy Award), On Tiptoe (Academy Award nomination) and Studs Terkel: Listening to America, all of which aired on HBO (Emmy Nomination). Playwriting credits include Lombardi, Magi/Bird and Bronx Bombers (all on Broadway), Bang the Drum Slowly, Work Song (co-written with Jeff Hatcher), Honest and Fake. Mr. Simonson is a member of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.